closely on the publication of the first part in this series,
which I reviewed here previously, is the release of the second part of
Aerial Victories. The format is basically identical to that of part 1, covering
airman whose last name begin with “N” through the end of the alphabet. Also,
there are three additional tables. The first lists aerial victories of
foreigners. This includes the Swedish volunteers serving in Flygflottilj 19
and, interestingly, a few Danes serving in the FAF.
The other two
tables sets out aircraft destroyed on the ground and on water and balloon
claims. Surprisingly, the number of aircraft destroyed on the ground and water
appears to be relatively small. Perhaps there were few raids on VVS airfields
or it was difficult to verify destroyed aircraft.
This second part
does include aerial victories obtained by gunners in multi-person aircraft.
There are victories attributed to gunners in Lysander, Blenheim and Fokker X
aircraft. There are also victories attributed to what appear to be mismatched
fights. For example, Sgt. Rinkineva, on July 29, 1944, flying an I-153 “Chaika”
shot down a P-39 Airacobra of the 773 IAP (Five I-153 “Chaikas” of TLelv 16,
while on recon patrol, bounced about 20 VVS Airacobras, shooting down one before
are the excellent pictures. As was the case with the first part, and to the
extent it was possible, there are individual pictures of the airmen and their
aircraft. There are a number of interesting and informative group pictures
included. These pictures are a good source of visual information on the various
uniforms and flight suits worn by airmen of the Finish Air Force. There are
also some pictures of the various styles of victory marking applied to the
As I noted in my
review of part 1, this volume will have limited interest. Those who bought part
1 will, I am sure get part 2. For the rest of you who have any interest in
aerial combat victories or the Finnish Air Force, you should consider obtaining
A selection of pictures and color profiles in this book may be seen
on the Kari Stenman Publishing web site.
for the sample.
All Keri Stenman
Publishing books are available
direct from the publishers,
who now accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard).
Review Copyright © 2006 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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